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Gov't Creates Gene Database of Normal Human Tissues

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, have built the largest open-source database for normal tissue from human organs. Scientists searching for genes that go awry and cause disease can use the NCI database as a crucial point of reference because it pinpoints which genes are expressed in many of the body's major organs under normal conditions, wit...

Clear rules needed to govern deep sea bioprospecting: UNU

Vast genetic resources ?"blue gold" on the international deep sea floor ?need protection from unfettered commercial exploitation, warns a new report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). . .. Known as "extremophiles," the genetic make-up of organisms of the deep that live in extreme conditions of pressure...

Genetic snooze button governs timing of spring flowers

In the long, dark days of winter, gardeners are known to count the days until spring. Now, scientists have learned, some plants do exactly the same thing. . .. "Flowering at the right time is all about competition," says Amasino, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and UW-Madison profe...

Canada's new government invests $200M in the fight against the mountain pine beetle

The Government of Canada today announced measures to fight the mountain pine beetle and address its impacts on communities and forests in British Columbia. The Federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program will provide $200 million to minimize the consequences of the beetle infestation and assist in efforts to slow the infestation's eastward spread. . "This outbreak is a major threat to the economy and th...
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